Notes for William Burney Means: "Roseneath" plantation built in 1846 by William Burney Means in Desoto Parish, Gloster, LA.
William Burney Means and his family "emigrated from South Carolina November, 1845, and traveled in a private conveoyance most of the way with his family and negroes, and arrived in Louisiana January, 1846. He settled on a plantation in DeSoto Parish, 30 miles from Shreveport, LA. His daughter, Mrs. Mary Means Marshall, was living on this plantation in 1895. He and his wife were very faithful members of the Episcopal Church." (1)
"All of thier children, except Maria, wereborn in Fairfield County, SC. She was born after the family came to Louisiana." (1)
That Burney Means was a fine citisen as well as a good provider for his family is evidenced by his erecting the little Episcopal church at Gloster with his own private funds. In a beautiful letter to him, by his brother, John Hugh Means, written January 25, 1850, occrs this paragraph: I am really glad that you have built a church and still more rejoiced to hear that there is a prospect of your becoming a member, for, after all, life is but a feverish span and happy is he who, when it is over, leaves it with an unfaltering trust in his Redeemer. The church must have been a heavy item of expense to you, and though it is a praise..worthy liberality, take care that you do not go so far as to embarress yourself by it." (2)
(1) Manuscript sketch of the family by Robert Preston Means, p. 29, 30, sent to Gladys Means Loyd, June 2, 1951, by Elizabeth Doby English.
(2) Manuscript letter formerly owned by Ida Means
More About William Burney Means: 1st College: South Carolina College, in Columbia. Burial: Unknown, Gloster, DesSoto Parish, LA. Burrial Place: the cemetery of the Episcopal Church that he erected. Emigration: Bet. November 1845 - January 1846, From South Carolina to Louisiana. Residence: Moved to DeSoto Parish 9/4/1854 or 1845.
More About William Burney Means and Martha Sara Taylor Howell: Marriage: May 24, 1831
Children of William Burney Means and Martha Sara Taylor Howell are:
+James Taylor Means, b. June 22, 1836, Fairfield District, South Carolina, probably at Buckhead Plantation near Winnsboro, d. December 10, 1908, Gloster, DesSoto Parish, LA.
Martha Sarah Means, b. August 17, 1832, Fairfield District, South Carolina, d. September 27, 1832, Fairfield District, South Carolina.
William Burney Means, b. August 29, 1833, Fairfield District, South Carolina at the home of his grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Jesse Malachi Howells, d. February 14, 1859.
Thomas Taylor Means, b. October 26, 1838, Fairfield District, South Carolina, d. August 19, 1839, Buckhead Cemetery, South Carolina.
Julius Howell Means, b. January 29, 1840, richland county, SC, d. July 24, 1862, in a hospital in Richmond, VA.
Isaac Means, b. June 16, 1841, South Carolina, d. July 08, 1841, South Carolina.